The end of Spring Break 2017 marked the close of a four-year renovation that impacted the high school years of no fewer than eight classes of TJ students. At the April 18th PTSA meeting, held on the first day of school after Spring Break, Dr. Glazer announced to applause that the new courtyards and front patio were open for outdoor learning, activities, and lunch, and that it had been TJ’s first day without trailers. The removal of the trailers (aka “learning cottages,” a euphemism that has been abandoned along with the temporary classrooms it referred to) truly marks a new era in TJ’s history, as several alumni sources peg the first appearance of trailers behind TJ to 1987.
UVA Backs Students’ Research Projects, from Cancer Treatments to James Joyce
From examining how James Joyce’s work relates to civil unrest to quantitative eco-labeling schemes, and from researching Roman property law to analyzing the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, 50 University of Virginia undergraduates will pursue 46 grant-funded research projects this summer.
Forty-five proposals involving 49 students received Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards and another student has had his research underwritten by the Stull family of Dallas. This marks the 17th year of the program, which helps further a key component of the UVA student experience: pursuing hands-on research.
The research awards support students who present detailed plans for projects that have been endorsed by a faculty mentor. In February, a Faculty Senate committee selected the winners, who receive up to $3,000. Faculty mentors who oversee the projects receive $1,000.
“The Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a core purpose of the University by creating and advancing new knowledge,” said Brian Cullaty, director of undergraduate research opportunities at UVA’s Center for Undergraduate Excellence. “The program aspires for these student-faculty collaborations to make an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”
The center received more than 70 grant applications, which were reviewed by nearly 50 faculty members, including the members of the Faculty Senate’s Research, Teaching and Scholarship Committee.
“The winning applications were those that addressed an important societal problem, addressed a clear question and described a well-designed research approach,” said Silvia Blemker, Commonwealth Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and chair of the Faculty Senate’s Research, Teaching and Scholarship Committee. “It was a very competitive selection process; the committee was extremely impressed with the creativity, passion and depth illustrated by all the applications.”
The research awards open new avenues of learning for the undergraduates.
“The Harrison Award is a unique opportunity for students to work intimately at the edge of knowledge, defining their own research direction while being closely mentored by faculty members,” Blemker said. “Many Harrison awardees go on to present their findings at national conferences and publish their work in peer-reviewed journals.”
Cullaty added, “Undergraduate research has been identified as a high-impact educational practice, and a number of studies have cited its role in cognitive development, building skills and knowledge, and leading to a sense of accomplishment. The process moves students away from passive learning and furnishes them with the ability to demonstrate mastery of disciplinary concepts and then apply their knowledge to the process of research and discovery. This type of work prepares students effectively for their future endeavors, including graduate study and careers that require innovative leaders.”
More than half of UVA’s undergraduates engage in some form of research during their time at the University, including classroom and independent work. Students who conduct research make better candidates for fellowships, graduate and professional school admissions and career placement, Cullaty said.
“I’m grateful to the Harrison family for supporting this wonderful program, and providing a valuable opportunity for students to pursue their scholarly inquiries,” Cullaty said. “The Stull family is also an important supporter of making research an integral part of undergraduate education.”
This year’s Harrison Undergraduate Research Award winners and their research topics includes Saehee Jung, TJ class of 2014:
Saehee Jung of Woodbridge, a second-year chemical engineering major, is researching the surface modification of graphene for polymer composites, focusing on the effects of grafting polymers on mechanical properties, which may allow for industrial applications.
Akin Gump today announced the election of 12 new partners, effective January 1. The 12 individuals and their respective office locations are John A. Bain (Dallas), Daniel L. Cohen (Hong Kong), Sophie Jermine (London), Brad M. Kahn (New York), Andrew B. Lehman (Houston), Rubén H. Muñoz (Philadelphia), Rosemarie Paul (London), Dennis P. Pereira (New York), Ivana K. Rouse (Houston), Elizabeth M. Scott (Dallas), David N. Sewell (London) and James E. Tysse (Washington, D.C.).
“With a true passion for our clients and the law, these 12 talented lawyers represent the very best of the legal profession,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “I am delighted to welcome them to the Akin Gump partnership and look forward to many significant contributions by them in the years ahead.”
As a member of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, Mr. Tysse has extensive experience handling complex matters, including developing strategy and authoring briefs, both on appeal and in high-stakes trial litigation. He has prepared more than 50 briefs in cases at every appellate level, with more than 25 at the merits and certiorari stages at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Tysse received his J.D. and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Reunion Chairs: Martha (Maerker) Salcetti: email@example.com, Terry (Glass) Patterson: firstname.lastname@example.org, Teri Yantis: email@example.com
Main Event: Saturday, October 7, 2017 @6:30 to Whenever (closes at 1:30 a.m.)
Where: Bungalow Lake House Restaurant, Sterling, VA (Dress is Casual!)
Cost: Only $40 per person. Cash Bar at Happy Hour Prices!
Pre-Reunion Happy Hour: Friday, October 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Where: Sweetwater Tavern, Centreville
Cost: On You!
Registration: Payment should reach Martha by no later than September 7, 2017. Please snail mail your contact information and check for the total amount to:
Martha Maerker Salcetti
726 N. Abingdon Street, Arlington, VA 22203-2016
Checks payable to: TJ Class of ’77 Reunion
Or: Pay using Venmo App – Pay To TJ Class of ’77 Reunion (@tj77reunion)
Class of 1982 – 35 years
Date: September 30, 2017
Location: Ned Devine’s Irish Sports Pub & Restaurant, 2465 Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA 20171
Time: 7 pm
We hope you can join us for a fun, casual TJHS Class of ’82 35th reunion!
Spouses/partners/guests are encouraged to attend. We have a limit of 200 people so please RSVP as soon as possible so we know who is coming.
There is no fee to attend the reunion! Guests will be responsible for their own purchases.
Embassy Suites in Herndon is within walking distance. Those of us who are staying there will meet for the free happy hour and then head over to Ned Devine’s at 7. We will also meet for breakfast in the morning at 9:30. We are not reserving a room block so please make your reservations on your own.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A TOUR OF THE NEW TJHSST? We are hoping to be able to take a tour of TJHSST on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10am. We can’t confirm until we are closer to the date but once we do we will send out more info. Lunch will be planned somewhere close afterwards! They are completing renovations and it’s supposed to be pretty awesome!
We are still missing contact info for many of our classmates. Please pass this on to any of our classmates who might not know about it. If you have email addresses for classmates who are not on the guest list please send them to Susie Cottle Ippolito at susan@RWHomes.com so they can be added to the evite.
Hope to see you on September 30th!!
Reunion Chairs: Bryan Guido Hassin, Dan Sturtevant, Sylvia Yam, Armand Alacbay, Chris Norman, Gordon Avery, Ryan Greene-Roesel, Andrew Westbrook, Ben Chen
Dates: October 20 – 22, 2017
Friday Evening (7pm to 10pm):
Location: Whitlows on Wilson in Arlington (Clarendon Metro Stop).
Event Details: Come hang out with us at the Sand Bar and Sand Bar Patio at Whitlows! Will it be Club97 all over again? Find out for yourself! This event will be CASH BAR but some light snacks will be provided.
Tour of the newly renovated TJHSST. The school tour will depart at 10:10 AM. There will be only one tour. Following the tour, the picnic area and cafeteria will be open until 3pm for socializing and kids crafts/games; mini bounce house will be provided. Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch, and your kids!
Saturday Evening Venue:
Location: Blackwall Hitch in Old Town Alexandria (King Street Metro Stop).
Event Details: Join us in the first floor Quarterdeck Main Bar for an evening of drinks and food. With so many familiar faces and a view of the Potomac, it’ll be a night to remember! Tickets sales will cover the cost of this event.
Sunday Morning Brunch:
We encourage everyone to come together for breakfast/brunch. A recommended and central location close to the Dunn Loring Metro Courtyard Hotel is the Mosaic District which includes restaurants like Requin, Alta Strada, Ted’s Bulletin and More. For details see https://mosaicdistrict.com/
Hotel: There is a block of 20 rooms set aside at the Dunn Loring Metro Courtyard Hotel for $99 per night. The rate can be booked until October 1 using the link below http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=TJHS+reunion%5Eiadcy%60TJHTJHA
Cost: $125.00 per alum / $250.00 per couple.
Website and registration: https://tjhsstalumni.org/events/class-of-1997-20th-reunion/
Reunion Chairs: Anne, Appler, Susan Danewitz, Tommy Ayala, Alethea Christon, and Don Holcomb,
Dates: October 14th, 2017
Location: Pavilions of Turkey Run – Pavilion A, Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: $70 per adult, $30 per child over 5, children under 5 free
J.R.’s Pit Beef Brisket BBQ
Hot Dogs (served 12:30-4:00pm)
Veggie Burgers & Veggie Baked Beans Molasses Baked Beans
Gourmet Potato Salad / Pasta Salad
Cole Slaw / Caesar Salad
Rolls & Butter, and Condiments
Unlimited Sodas, Lemonade, Iced Tea, Water
Beer and wine (served 12:00-4:00pm)
Popcorn (served 12:00-4:00pm)
Ice Cream with Toppings (served 2:30-4:00pm)
Sno Cones (served 2:30-4:00pm)
Class of 2002 – 15 years
Reunion Chairs: TBD
Reunion Chairs: Kelsey Pehrsson, Kelly Cotton, Karen Bullen, Lee Burton TJclassof07@gmail.com
Dates: November 24-25, 2017
November 24 – Happy Hour
Location: Don Tito in Arlington, 2nd floor bar, 3165 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Details: Free to attend! Cash bar. Significant others and friends are more than welcome!
November 25 –
Location: Pinstripes in Georgetown, Georgetown Park, 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are now $85. This includes open beer & wine bar, as well as a heavy hors d’oeuvre buffet for 2 hours (then switches to cash bar/food). It also includes 3 hours of bocce ball and bowling. Significant others are more than welcome! Don’t forget to include both names on the tickets so we know who to put on the nametag.
Class of 2012 – 5 years
Reunion Chairs: TBD
TJ 2004’s own Vlad Tenev as well as Divya Nettimi are rock stars. They are listed in the Finance section of the 2016 Forbes “30 under 30”:
Divya Nettimi is influencing billions of dollars of stock investments as a analyst at Viking Global Investments, focusing on the ecommerce and retail sectors.
Vlad Tenev, is featured as #1/30, His silicon valley startup, Robinhood, is a commission-free stock trading app available to anyone with a smartphone.
The 4th Annual TJ Teacher Hall of Fame and Alumni STARS awards winners have been selected. We had nearly 100 alumni make nominations and nearly 500 alumni vote. We are honoring teachers who made a difference in our TJ career and beyond. In addition we have alumni nominate classmates and vote in 5 categories: Service, enTrepreneurship, Arts, Research and Sports (STARS). The goal is to celebrate alumni accomplishments in many fields and then profile alumni in future newsletters. [People vote on the most “intriguing” or interesting accomplishment; we are not seeking to judge the relative merits of very different fields.] Here is the list of the latest TJ Teacher Hall of Fame and the alumni STARS awards:
2015 Teacher Hall of Fame
- Ms. Myra Spoden, Math
- Dr. Barbara Wood, Biology
- Ms. Judy Bello, English
- Mr. Tom Sleete, History
- Katie Bailey ’11, Service
- raised $1.25M for Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) and won a Community Service Award from her class at UVA
- Ines Kuperschmit ’94, Service
- co-founded Learning Rights Law Center, a non-profit providing free legal services to low-income individuals, helping thousands with training and legal assistance to advance education equity.
- David Rosenthal ’98, Entrepreneurship
- successfully founded FoundationDB, an innovative database company, which was bought by Apple in March 2015. (FoundationDB was featured in TechCrunch and Wired.)
- Sander Daniels ’01, Entrepreneurship
- Co-founder at Thumbtack.com, a website that connects people with personal services (plumber, photographer, etc.), which was recently valued at $1.25 Billion (Fortune)
- Eric Jao ’93, Arts
- Eric (aka DJ Enferno) has taken his music career to incredible heights, including touring with Madonna as her lead live concert DJ.
- Aparna Nancherla ’00, Arts
- Comedienne on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Conan, HBO
- Elizabeth Pike ’99, Research
- NIH Bioethics Fellow, her research on patients injured in biomedical research has been widely cited
- Haru Okuda ’90, Research
- National Medical Director of SimLEARN, using high-tech mannequins and virtual simulations to train doctors
- Michael Stevens ’98, Research
- MIT PhD and Harvard postdoc, who is researching for NASA to understand the complex organic chemistry and potential life in the seas on Jupiter’s moon Europa
- Thomas Woodruff ’11, Sports
- had key hits in the College World Series, leading to University of Virginia’s first baseball championship; he also won the award for the highest GPA among College World Series players.
- Mike Auerbach ’95, Sports
- Freshman football coach at TJ and wide receivers coach for the varsity team. (math teacher at TJ)
- Mark Gray-Mendes ’03, Sports
- Head coach of the TJ men’s basketball team; led team to their first post-season victory
Amy, a TJHSST graduate from the class of 2001, attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, Amy practiced as a litigator in a Los Angeles-based firm, Quinn Emanuel. She is currently living in LA and, when she isn’t writing, practices law as the in-house counsel for the global men’s health charity, the Movember Foundation.
Her debut novel, COLD FEET, is being published by Berkley/Penguin Random House on September 1, 2015. COLD FEET was called, “[a] solid page-turner sprinkled with clever observations about the nature of romantic love,” by Kirkus Reviews and “a heartwarming and uproariously funny debut” by New York Times bestselling author J. Courtney Sullivan.
Link to Amy’s website: http://www.amyfitzhenry.com/
Read the latest issue of the Newsworthy newsletter produced quarterly by the TJ Partnership Fund (who are now merged with the Alumni Association). It’s chock full of news about TJ Alumni!
Class of 1997 graduate Matthew Mueller founded Knot Standard, a custom menswear company in 2010. It was just named by Inc. magazine as the fastest growing menswear brand in the country, 9th fastest-growing company in New York, 10th fastest growing retail brand, and 130th fastest growing company overall. Adam Namejko, Class of 1997, is the CTO.
For more interviews see: http://www.knotstandard.com/news-and-reviews/
Check out this cool research by TJ ’05 alum Jordan Etkin. I have to wonder if it’s inspired by TJ? When Priorities Clash, Time Seems Shorter